Lions help ‘mission to see’
The Alexandria and District Lions Club is helping a 39-year-old Alexandria man pursue his “mission to see.”
Josh MacDonald, who has lived with impaired vision all his life, needs about $13,000 to acquire electronic glasses which he hopes will improve his sight.
After reading about Mr. MacDonald’s situation in The News, Lions Club President Michel Depratto offered to organize a fundraising drive.
“The club cannot afford to donate the entire amount, but we can help. If a lot of people give small donations, I am sure that together we can get enough money to help him,” says Mr. Depratto.
Because the Lions Club is a registered charity, donors who contribute to the drive can receive receipts for income tax purposes.
Members will be approaching businesses, other organizations and individuals. For more information, call Mr. Depratto at 613-525-4329 or club secretary Gaetan Ravary at 613-551-8314.
Mr. MacDonald is currently testing a pair of eSight electronic glasses, a device which improved his visual acuity when he first tried it out in June. So far, no government agency has been willing to help defray the cost of acquiring the special glasses.
Because of his visual impairment, Mr. MacDonald, who also has epilepsy, receives help under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) but no aid is available under that or any other government program.
In the meantime, Mr. MacDonald’s vision continues to deteriorate.